Or, at least rearranged the furniture in my house. I didn’t, of course, not literally, but I spent the day engaged in two activities: redesigned this blog and moved my dogs around. I think the former activity is self-explanatory; the latter activity, however, needs some explanation.
All three bitches are on heat, and emotions run high. Busta, my male Rottweiler, would like annihilate my male Pomeranian, Snuggles. Snuggles would like to mate with Cody, and the tart keeps teasing him. Athena would like to do damage to Kissy, and Busta would like to put Tuvok, my four-month-old puppy in his place (as in, don’t touch any of my women!).
Fortunately I live in a large house with lots of crates and holding areas for the dogs. Everyone was locked away in their own special place, but I spent the day letting out individual dogs–or groups of dogs that got on well–for potty breaks and time in the house with Mom. Of course I had to remember who was in the yard at any one time, and who was running around the house, or hiding under the sofa.
It’s the end of the day now, 11:38pm to be precise, and I’ve just finished training three dogs. Gretchen learned a neat trick today: turning her head to look left. I wanted to do a bit of shaping with her, and couldn’t figure out what to do. She started turning her head, and I started clicking and treating away. Soon, I started clicking for only left turns. The little bugger caught on. I really have no idea to what end this new behavior will serve.